The 12 Stages of the Hero’s Journey
The hero’s journey is a popular storytelling structure that details a character arc over a three act story.
Act 1: Ordinary World
1. Ordinary World
The hero is at home. Everything is normal. Some background information is revealed.
2. Call to Adventure
A problem or challenge arises. Something disrupt everyday life.
3. Refusal of the Call
The hero is reluctant, is afraid, has self doubt, or just doesn’t want to give up a comfortable life.
4. Meeting with the Mentor
The hero meets an experienced traveller who gives him training, equipment, or advice. By learning these new skills or abilities the hero gains self confidence.
5. Crossing the First Threshold
The hero begins the adventure and fully commits to the journey. He passes the point of no return and enters a new and unfamiliar world.
Act 2: World of the Supernatural
6. Test, Allies, Enemies
Challenges and obstacles are more difficult in this new world. The hero’s skills and knowledge are put to the test. The hero meet friends and faces enemies, gaining experience along the way.
The hero prepares for the final battle.
Victory, treasure, and glory.
Act 3: Ordinary World
10. The Road Back
The hero leaves the supernatural world and begins his journey home.
The hero returns to the mundane world, but he is different. The journey has changed him. He is not the same person as he was before. He has gained experience, knowledge, and skill. He has also acquired treasures and artifacts from his adventure.
12. Return with Elixir
The hero returns to his friends and family that he left behind. He brings back the knowledge and tools that he gained while on his adventures. He uses his new skills to improve his life and the lives of those around him in the ordinary world.